|My Mum and I checked out the sheepcote|
at the 2005 Wyman Family Reunion
The Francis Wyman house was built in Woburn (now Burlington), Massachusetts in 1666. It is located on 56 Francis Wyman Road, and is owned by the Wyman Family Association. Every fall there is a reunion at the homestead. The first thing all the kids (big and little) do is to run over to the stone wall near the house and look for the “hidey hole” or “sheepcote” (a pen for sheep).
|The entrance to the Sheepcote|
This strange stone chamber pre-dates the 1666 house, and pre-dates European settlement, so it was probably never used as a shelter for sheep. It is obviously too small for sheep, too. There were Indian settlements nearby, but usually the Indians in this part of New England did not build stone structures. The large stone which forms the “roof” of this structure would have been difficult to move into place without iron or metal tools.
|The large "roof" stone of the sheepcote|
I don’t know who named this the “Sheepcote”. It is a true history mystery!
The Wyman Family Association website www.wyman.org
This post is part of a series of stories I wrote for this week all about stone walls.
Story 1 – America's Stonehenge, Salem, New Hampshire
Story 2- Stone Walls -
Story 3- Dogtown, Massachusetts
Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo